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Virgin Galactic, NASA Ink Space Transportation Deal
2011-10-15 04:57:41

NASA has signed a deal with Virgin Galactic to use the Richard Branson-founded company's spacecraft and southern New Mexico spaceport for suborbital flights, various media outlets reported Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the deal will allow the U.S. space agency to charter a flight from the company onboard SpaceShipTwo, and contains options for two additional flights. If the option is picked up for all three flights, it would net Virgin Galactic a total of $4.5 million....

2011-10-13 14:42:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Galactic has confirmed an order from NASA for up to three charter flights on its privately-built spacecraft to provide opportunities for engineers, technologists, and scientific researchers to conduct cutting-edge experiments in suborbital space. The agreement calls for NASA to charter a full flight from Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, and includes options for two additional charter flights. If all options are...

2011-10-05 06:26:46

NASA has selected nine proposals to demonstrate new technologies for the second set of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles and the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is using commercially available vehicles to carry these technology demonstration payloads to help develop the U.S. commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry. NASA's Flight Opportunities Program provides test flights to demonstrate and validate space technologies on airborne...

2011-10-04 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected nine proposals to demonstrate new technologies for the second set of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles and the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is using commercially available vehicles to carry these technology demonstration payloads to help develop the U.S. commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

2011-07-21 15:15:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, completed another Suborbital Scientist Training Course for private astronauts that will conduct commercial space research missions on suborbital spaceflights. The fifth Suborbital Scientist class (SS Class #5) included 10 individuals, eight of which were Astronauts4Hire members interested in taking commercial payloads into space as...

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2011-05-05 06:45:00

Early Wednesday in the skies over Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, the world's first commercial spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, made a milestone glide-test flight and demonstrated its unique reentry "Ëœfeather' configuration for the first time. The test flight, the third in less than two weeks, marked another major key achievement in Virgin Galactic's path to powered test flights and commercial operations. "What an awesome way to start the day. SpaceShipTwo looked positively beautiful today...

2011-03-15 13:22:00

BOSTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate its Grand Launch, TripAlertz, a private, members-only travel site that uses the power of collective buying to deliver guaranteed best prices, is offering the chance to win a "Free Epic Journey into Space!" You can lift-off with Colonel Rick Searfoss (retired), who is one of only seven astronauts with more than 50 flights in rocket-powered vehicles. Entry into this "out of this world" promotion is free. The winner can assign the trip,...

2010-12-21 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights. The agency also is requesting information from commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers and commercial payload integrators about carrying the technology payloads. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The selected payloads will fly on aircraft that provide parabolic flight trajectories and...

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2010-12-17 08:55:00

Virgin Galactic (VG), the commercial space line owned by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, has announced plans to support two separate companies competing as part of a NASA-sponsored plan to stimulate private-sector spacecraft development. The two firms, Sierra Nevada Space Systems (SNC) and Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), have each prepared proposals for reusable winged vehicles that can launch on expendable rockets and land on runways--much like the US space agency's own space...

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2010-10-24 07:45:00

Billionaire Richard Branson said on Friday that Virgin Galactic is planning to compete in the upcoming race to develop orbital space vehicles. NASA plans to issue a solicitation as early as Monday for a follow-up to its $50 million Commercial Crew Development program, which is part of President Barack Obama's plan to revamp the U.S. space program. The program is funding work by five companies as part of Obama's bid to bolster support to private space companies. "There's about four...